DANVILLE – With the generous support of Hendricks Regional Health, nine13sports recently visited Danville Community School Corporation’s (DCSC) South Elementary for the first time. Third and fourth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Kids Riding Bikes program to get moving and active on stationary bicycle simulators as part of their physical education class.
South Elementary’s physical education teacher Mark Callighan said the program is a great way to introduce his students to exercise.
“The kids really like it because it’s got a big screen like a video game,” Callighan explained. “They’re exercising, but they get to see their little bike going across the screen. So it’s neat for the kids to see that.”
With three different courses ranging in difficulty, students were broken down into small groups to participate in the program. Nine13sports coaches encouraged the students throughout the simulation, and spoke to them about bicycle safety.
Nine13sports Program Operations Director Christopher Harris said nine13sports will serve a total of 33 schools this school year including Danville, Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Mill Creek, North West Hendricks, Greencastle, North and South Putnam and Cloverdale.
“Hendricks Regional Health has been such an integral part of our growth that we have been fortunate to experience over the past few years,” Harris said.
Nine13sports hosts a total of 127 program days throughout the school year with over a dozen community events, allowing the program to see 3,000 riders from across Hendricks County.
“The kids are very excited and love everything about the bike program,” Harris added. “The program not only shows them that bikes can be fun and improve their physical fitness, it’s also something that they can carry with them outside of the school and into the rest of their life.”
For more information about the program, visit www.nine13sports.org. To learn more about Danville schools, visit www.danville.k12.in.us or follow the schools on social media @DCSCWarriors.